Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Frijinks--EJ is MOVING!!

Or hijinks. Or something.

I'm switching my main website as well as this blog over to a single website. For future blog shenanigans, hop on over to Everything I've posted here, including the hot hockey dudes, will be over there. And I've got a new Hockeyrotica story coming in a couple of weeks, and some fun new things for the new year, so be sure to drop in at the new digs to keep up to date.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Review for About Damn Time

This review got lost in my massive number of open tabs... Anyway, it's a nice review of About Damn Time from Brief Encounters. Thanks to Brief Encounters and pettyprose for the "A" rating!

"The author’s style is a delight, with some vivid analogies: the paint job was a vivid, brilliant blue, like a Rocky Mountain sky on a cloudless summer day. She does well to trade heavily on the dialogue, as that’s how the characters shine through. There are other descriptions of the car and the garage and Jason’s art work, but only as background. Their banter is witty and easy and realistic. It even makes “Dude” feel familiar to my non-Dude background!"

Friday, November 11, 2011

Five Hockey Players with Puppies

I was going to post something today that didn't have anything to do with hockey, but it soon became apparent that this was a hopeless cause. So today we have five hockey players with puppies. Enjoy!

1. Paul Bissonnette, enforcer for the Phoenix Coyotes and well-known douchey Twitter personality. With a puppy.

2. Patrick Sharp, handsomest hockey player in Chicago, with his doggie Shooter.

3. Marian Hossa, my Slovakian boyfrand, with a dog. I don't know this dog's name, but I assume it's his because he's holding the leash. I could be wrong. Either way, it's a Hossa and a doggie.

 4. Duncan Keith, big mean defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks. With a puppy on his head.

5. Evgeni Malkin, ginormous Russian Pittsburgh Penguin, with TWO puppies. Animals seem to like Geno.

So there you have it. Big men and fuzzy puppies. Not a bad combo for a Friday morning.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thoughts On Writing—Why I Write m/m

photo from by catalin82
As a female type person writing gay erotic romance, I often field the question—why do you do that? To which my immediate thought is, well, for the same reason I do anything. Because I want to.

Trouble is, a lot of the answers to this question can be pretty flippant. Because it’s hot. Because it gets me going. Because, hey, who wants to settle for one hot naked dude in you story when you can have two?

These are all valid motives of which I approve. But are there deeper reasons? I think so.

There are a couple of things about writing m/m romance that appeal to me on an intellectual level rather than just a prurient one. Yes, it’s hot and yes, the hot guy quotient is higher, but that’s not all of it.

When I write m/m, I tend to create a very different power dynamic that when I write het romance. In my m/m stories, the protagonists tend to both be strong, alpha males. They’re equally strong physically, and have equally powerful emotional reactions. The way they relate to each other is very different from the way a male and a female character relate to each other, or at least that’s the way it feels from this end of the pen.

Is this realistic? I don’t know. I’ve never been a gay man, at least not in this incarnation. I do know the emotion feels authentic, and the characters react to each other and function on the page in a way that compels me to keep writing. There’s some kind of truth there, even if nothing about the relationships is exactly the way it plays out in real life (then again, half of my characters are vampires, so who’s to judge the realism there?).

There’s another element, too. In the world I create, my alpha male couples have found a place, either in a corner of the contemporary world or in a different universe, such as the future milieu of the Crimson Star books, where they’re accepted. Sometimes there accepted as gay men, sometimes as vampires, and sometimes as both. I do this mostly because it serves the story I want to tell, but also because I think it serves a larger purpose. By presenting a fictional world where my characters are accepted for who they are, I feel like I’m putting out a bit of positive energy toward bringing that goal into reality.

That probably sounds pretty pretentious, and I know it’s a far cry from being on the front lines of the fight for equal rights. But I also believe in the power of positivity, and that every spark, no matter how small, can add to the overall energy that will bring that ideal about. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I write romance in the first place—to add positive energy and hope to my universe and hopefully to that of my readers.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Five: Five Awesome Hockey Player Profiles

I have a thing for noses. I don't know why. Maybe it's because scientific evidence proves that the length of a man's nose is directly proportional to the length of other parts of his body (I totally just made that up). In any case, a unique profile catches my attention every time.

Today, I'll share some of my favorite profiles from the NHL. Your mileage may vary, but in my world these are Most Excellent Noses.

1. Marian Hossa. Hossa is my favorite. I didn't think he was all that hot at first but I kept looking at the profile until I was won over.

2. Milan Lucic. This is an absolutely amazing nose.

3. Ryan Kesler. Big schnozz, bb.

4. Alex Ovechkin. Ovie has a good profile, but what I like best about his nose is its overall crookedness. It veers off to one side like nobody's business. Gotta wonder how many times it's been broken. In EJ-land, that's super hot.

5. Troy Brouwer. Formerly my favorite Blackhawk. Is now playing for the Capitals with Ovechkin. Another nice big schnozz.

And there you have it. The mocking may commence.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Five--Fictional Vampires

Today I'm dedicating this (late) blog post to fictional vampires. Ones I didn't invent...

Some of these vamps are my favorites, while others have been included on the list for other reasons which I'll explain in excruciating detail.

1. Angel. I think Angel will always be my favorite vampire. I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel late in the shows' runs, but I was--and still am--a dedicated fan. And Angel is totes hot. A little whiny, but yeah. Hot. Spike's okay, but Angel still wins when it comes to rocking a pair of leather pants.

2. The Vampire Lestat. But wait! you say. That's not the vampire Lestat! That's Sting! Well, in my perfect world, Lestat is played by Sting. When I heard that they were casting Interview with the Vampire, my first thought was, OMG! Sting should be Lestat! But instead they cast Tom Cruise, which was dumb.
3. Zero Kiryu. From the anime series Vampire Knight, Zero is a big angsty ball of angstiness. He's included because my daughter said I had to include him because he's her favorite.

4. The Vampire Bill. I think I'm the only person in Sookie Stackhouse land who wants Sookie to get back together with Bill. Eric can bite me. (AHAHA see what I did there?)

5. Blade. Okay, okay, only half vampire, but totes HOT.


The Vampire Biznasty. Okay, so he's not a vampire. But he will be when I get through with him... I mean look at that picture. He's just asking for it...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Vampire as Outcast

I think one of the reasons the vampire mythos has been so popular for so long has a lot to do with the various metaphors the figure of the vampire can stand in for. One of these is the outcast.

The vampire is often depicted as trying to function in normal society but failing. There are too many “tells,” and the vampire is found out. Those that are not found out in fiction usually live lives in isolation, focusing tremendous energy on keeping their secret. The storytelling potential here is obvious—the dark, Gothic hero with the terrible secret. The attempt to at least partially overcome the terrible secret to live some semblance of a normal life.

In my work, I find this theme compelling. But there’s another aspect to it, as well. If there is a world where vampires are accepted for what they are, in what other ways has the status of outcasts changed? Does the acceptance of the vampire race lead to reduced discrimination on other grounds? When there are bloodsucking fiends running around in the general population, does that mean there’s no more racism, misogyny or homophobia?

Unfortunately, that probably wouldn’t be the case. But in the stories I write, especially those set in the future or in alternate universes, I try to represent some kind of positive change in humanity. I want my characters to inhabit a world where the outcast can find a place, and where the human race has grown a little. Where the outcast cannot only fulfill a desired role in society, but where he can find love and happiness. Because maybe, if there’s hope for the bloodsucking fiends, there’s hope for the rest of us too.